Sun, Nov 21, 2021
To some extent, the American dream can be summarized in one word: autonomy. In our society people are on a quest to be completely independent - to be free to do what they want when they want. At first glance this may appear desirable, but it is actually an empty destination. As we take a look at what the Bible says, we'll discover that fulfillment is not found in isolation, but in becoming an integral and important part of what God is doing in the world.
Sun, Nov 14, 2021
Most people don't have a problem with God. After all, plenty of people show up for church on Christmas and Easter. Unfortunately, people do have a problem with the church. For centuries Christians have made Christianity so complex that people simply write it off as irrelevant and confusing. In this message we'll see how this problem surfaced in the very early days of the church, how they dealt with it then, and how we should deal with it now.
Sun, Nov 07, 2021
All world religions emphasize earning your way into God's good graces. Do this, don't do that, and you're in. Unfortunately, many people have thought this way about Christianity - that it is about living a good life so that you'll make the cut. But a closer look reveals a much different picture of who is invited in, which means there's hope for everyone.
Sun, Oct 17, 2021
Our words and expressions reflect our hearts. If we have spiritual heart problems, it will manifest itself in other areas. The people closest to us catch the shrapnel our hearts expose. By having “heart surgery”, we can learn to appreciate what God has given us. We need a heart like Jesus.
Sun, Oct 10, 2021
Throughout the ages and even in today’s culture, our hands represent power, strength and ability. God has given us our hands for His purposes and for the advancement of His kingdom. We are to ask ourselves the question: What could God do if I made my hands available for His use?
Sun, Oct 03, 2021
Our words are very powerful. They can either build others up, or tear others down. Our lives are impacted by our words, and how we treat one another verbally is a reflection of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We need to stick to a standard of speaking: Is what I'm saying building others up according to their needs? If we are to be like Jesus, our words must match our walk.
Sun, Sep 26, 2021
You cannot tune in to certain voices or things for a long period of time and not have them impact the way you live your life. We think we can listen to anyone and anything and it won’t affect what we do or what we become. But the truth is, who and what you listen to over a consistent basis will eventually begin to influence the decisions you make. Our focus should be to listen to what Jesus would listen to.
Sun, Sep 19, 2021
The ball will go where your eyes are looking – whether it’s basketball, football, baseball, or bowling. When you learned to drive a car you found out you can’t look down at the road, you’ve got to look up and ahead to where you are going. The missed shots, the bad throws, the swerves on the road, they’re usually due to us looking in the wrong direction, or taking our focus of the target momentarily. It’s just a physical principle. It’s a spiritual principle as well. What we view and see often determines the direction of our lives.
Sun, Sep 12, 2021
Do you idolize your body, or do you ignore it? Body idolizers may take a lot of vitamins and supplements, spend a lot of money on health and nutrition, workout equipment, etc. Body ignorers don’t eat right, drink too much, smoke too much, and have a poor idea of exercise. The Bible has so much to say about the body – an incredible amount. And the Bible addresses those who tend to be idolizers and it addresses those who tend to be ignorers. In both extremes there is a self-centeredness that basically says “it’s all about me”. It should be all about Jesus.
Sun, Aug 29, 2021
Somewhere along the way you will be presented with an opportunity to jump ahead, to take a shortcut, to move closer to that goal you are chasing. And the only catch is that you will have to temporarily abandon your values. So what do you do? It turns out that Jesus was made just such an offer in His third temptation. Examining His response will prepare you for when your moment of truth comes.
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Every day people fall into the temptation of presuming on God. You see it in the young couple that spends irresponsibly and then asks God to bail them out financially. The young single who says, "I'll marry him, then pray for him." But what's wrong with that? Hasn't God promised to take care of us? In this message we will explore the second of Jesus' three temptations in the desert and what it teaches us about presuming on God.
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
It is tempting to feel that God is in no hurry to take care of your needs - like the direction your marriage is headed, the fact that you are still single, or the speed at which your career is advancing. Jesus, too, was tempted to take things into His own hands and His response reveals a lot about what is really at stake when we are tempted to act independently from God.
Sun, Aug 08, 2021
Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to turn away from temptation? What is it that leads you to keep making the same poor choices? Could it be that the reason you find temptation so, well, tempting, is that you've never stopped to think about what is at stake? In this introduction we discover what really hangs in the balance when you are faced with temptation.
Sun, Jul 04, 2021
God and Country Day